Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Flake served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013. Currently Sen. Flake is on the Senate Judiciary Committee as chairman of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee as chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Power, and the Foreign Relations Committee as chairman of Subcommittee on African Affairs. After serving a Mormon mission in southern Africa, Sen. Flake graduated from Brigham Young University. In 1987, he started his career at a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, but soon returned to Africa as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia. In this role, Sen.Flake helped monitor Namibia’s independence process and saw that nation usher in freedom and democracy. In 1992, Sen. Flake and his family moved back to Arizona where he was named Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute.